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 Russia increases number of warplanes at border with Ukraine, NSDC secretary says. PHOTOS

National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland Witold Waszczykowski.

During the meeting, the sides discussed the current situation in Ukraine and security in Europe, as well as Ukraine's defense and security sector reform, Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the National Security and Defense Council.

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According to Turchynov, the Russian terrorist groups commit daily strikes on the Ukrainian troops' positions with banned weapons in violation of the Minsk agreements and the cease-fire deal.

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"Russia is actually trying to block the Minsk process," the NSDC secretary said adding that besides armed provocations in Ukraine's east, the Russian Federation was reinforcing the military bases on its territory adjacent to the border with Ukraine. The number of combat aircraft on the airfields located close to Ukraine has also increased, according to him.

The sides discussed the possibility to invite the experts from Poland and other NATO countries to contribute to reform of Ukraine's security and defense sector.

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Oleksandr Turchynov and Witold Waszczykowski stressed Poland's and Ukraine's common stance on the need to maintain sanctions against the aggressor state until complete liberation of all occupied territories.

In turn, Witold Waszczykowski dwelled on the problems the European Union faces in connection with Brexit and stressed the need to boost cooperation with Ukraine both at the EU and Visegrad Group levels. The diplomat also emphasized that "Poland has supported and will continue supporting Ukraine's European aspirations."
 
 
 
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